It's redundant for me to say that I had a really crappy year last year and I'm still 20 days away from the anniversary of Sandy which stopped the clock for another 6 months while I worked to rebuild my house.
That being said, I've also had two of the best experiences this year. My first granddaughter was born the week before Sandy, and I was thrilled to be present when granddaughter #2 was born. Shock of all shocks after having three sons! I've gone on trips, had lunch and dinner with countless new and old friends, closed the door on some things and opened my heart and mind to new ones-including writing this blog.
Amy at A My Name Is Amy nominated me for an award that she herself has been nominated for. No, I won't need another new pair of shoes for this award ceremony. This is recognition among bloggers for writing something that other people either like or find amusing and sometimes say "Damn, she's good." Professionally, Amy is everything I want to be in a writer-she produces smart, concise pieces that are humorous, with some raw emotion thrown in for good measure. Personally, I envy that she is 10 years younger and 4 sizes smaller than me. And since we're both without men and share a love for things that are bad for us, it makes me love her all the more.